French Open 2019: Tomas Berdych to miss Roland Garros after failing to recover in time from back injury

Paris: Former French Open semi-finalist Tomas Berdych will miss this year's tournament after failing to fully recover in time from injury, he said on Wednesday.

 French Open 2019: Tomas Berdych to miss Roland Garros after failing to recover in time from back injury

File photo of Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych during the Davis Cup. Reuters

An ongoing back problem forced Berdych to sit out the second half of 2018, and the Czech former world number four has played just once since February.

"I am not 100 percent ready to play the way I want and need to be competitive on the courts I love so much," tweeted Berdych, who reached the last four at Roland Garros in 2010.

"I came to Paris and I had to take a tough decision and want another few days to fully recover and be ready for the grass season."

"I love this tournament so much but I have to make sure not to further injure myself," he added.

Berdych, 33, has tumbled to 100th in the rankings after skipping the entire clay court season.

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Updated Date: May 23, 2019 00:02:40 IST